Schooling initiatives

Details of the main schooling initiatives announced in Budget 2011.

InitiativeDescription
Adjustment to Schools’ Operations Grant Funding

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $16.865 million
  • 2012/13: $33.814 million
  • 2013/14: $33.681 million
  • 2014/15: $33.750 million
Four-year total: $118.110 million
This initiative provides an increase in schools’ operational funding of 2.92 per cent. The increase is targeted towards four key areas:
  • Per-pupil funding
  • Base funding for area/composite schools and year 9-13 secondary schools
  • Information and communication technology
  • Heat, light and water.
Board of Trustees Training

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $1.000 million
  • 2012/13: $1.000 million
  • 2013/14: $1.000 million
  • 2014/15: $1.000 million
Four-year total: $4.000 million
Boards of trustees provide strategic leadership and direction to schools, which guides all activities within schools. The funding for this initiative ensures that professional support for boards of trustees can be provided on an ongoing basis. This training is to continue to strengthen the professional development delivered to school boards.

It will also provide additional direct support for boards to:
  • meet the needs of Māori and Pasifika students
  • implement National Standards
  • help boards of kura and wharekura as they phase in Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori
  • provide an in-depth mentoring service for at-risk boards.
Develop a Framework to Ensure Consistency of Teachers’ Judgments against National Standards

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $0.130 million
  • 2012/13: $1.172 million
  • 2013/14: $1.641 million
  • 2014/15: $1.641 million
Four-year total: $4.584 million

Capital funding:
  • 2011/12: $4.024 million
  • 2012/13: $1.069 million
  • 2013/14: $ -
  • 2014/15: $ -
Four-year total: $5.093 million

Four-year total (capital and operating): $9.677 million
The National Standards for school years 1-8 in reading, writing and mathematics have been designed with an emphasis on making sure teachers’ assessment of students are valid.

This initiative will make sure that the data teachers use to assess students against the standards is reliable and valid, so that it can be used across the education system to make sure teachers’ judgments and the measurement of student progress are nationally consistent.
Facilitate Networks of Leaders for Youth Guarantee

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $4.000 million
  • 2012/13: $3.000 million
  • 2013/14: $3.000 million
  • 2014/15: $ -
Three-year total: $10.000 million
This initiative provides for time-limited funding to establish self-sustaining cross-school networks. The networks will encourage collaboration and knowledge-sharing across schools, industry and tertiary providers. This will have a significant impact on building relationships between education and work.

The networks will ensure the initiatives underpinning the Youth Guarantee are used effectively to lift student achievement.
Facilitate School Leaders Networks for National Standards

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $4.000 million
  • 2012/13: $3.000 million
  • 2013/14: $ -
  • 2014/15: $ -
Two-year total: $7.000 million
This initiative provides funding to establish cross-school networks to facilitate knowledge-sharing and best practice to support schools to effectively embed the National Standards.
Forecast Changes (Schooling)

Operating funding:
  • 2010/11: $84.700 million
  • 2011/12: $52.855 million
  • 2012/13: $99.289 million
  • 2013/14: ($109.256 million)
  • 2014/15: $35.031 million
Four-year total: $77.919 million
Most expenditure in the school system is demand-driven as schools are provided with resources that broadly reflect the numbers of students that are enrolled. This demand-driven expenditure is forecast to reflect our best estimates of likely trends in student numbers and cost per student.

Budget 2011 meets the cost of forecast increases in expenditure on schooling, primarily as a result of roll growth.  

These forecast changes include:
  • Teacher Salaries – primarily higher than expected salary costs as a result of movement of teachers on the steps of the salary scale and roll growth
  • Schools Operational Funding – minor increases due to changes in school rolls
  • School Transport – minor changes driven by increases in input costs (flow-on of increased costs faced by transport operators who are contracted to deliver school transport services)
  • School Property – an increase in the capital value of school buildings and an increase in the number of students.
Information and Communications Technology – Network for Learning

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $1.492 million
  • 2012/13: $0.692 million
  • 2013/14: $0.692 million
  • 2014/15: $0.692 million
Four-year total: $3.568 million
This initiative provides funding to support ultra-fast broadband in schools, including development work for a potential dedicated information and communication technology network for schools, the ‘Network for Learning’, that could offer access to reliable, high-quality internet services over the national fibre roll-out. Funding will also be directed towards schools in remote areas that will not receive fibre coverage through the roll-out but will be provided with improved access through other technologies.
Increased Support for Alternative Education

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $1.529 million
  • 2012/13: $1.529 million
  • 2013/14: $1.529 million
  • 2014/15: $1.529 million
Four-year total: $6.116 million
Alternative Education caters for the needs of students aged 13 to 15 years. It aims to provide a constructive alternative delivery of education for students with varying needs in a nurturing environment with high expectations of student potential.

This initiative provides a 7.2 per cent increase in support for Alternative Education through:
  • A general increase of 2.92 per cent from July 2011 in line with the increase to the operations grant for schools
  • An additional 68 places (an increase of nearly 4 per cent) to be targeted in areas that have experienced significant population growth while ensuring that national coverage continues
  • A specialist professional development programme for alternative education tutors.
Reading Recovery – Tutor and Teacher Training, and Teacher Support

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $0.435 million
  • 2012/13: $0.940 million
  • 2013/14: $1.030 million
  • 2014/15: $1.200 million
Four-year total: $3.605 million
This initiative will enable the Ministry to continue to meet the costs of tutors and trainers who deliver professional development and training for teachers, to enable them to deliver Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is a literacy intervention that delivers specialist one-on-one instruction to students who are not making expected progress in reading and writing after one year at school.
School Transport – Review Implementation

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $2.373 million
  • 2012/13: $2.553 million
  • 2013/14: $2.743 million
  • 2014/15: $2.934 million
Four-year total: $10.603 million
This initiative provides support to address long-standing inequities in funding for school transport to Māori medium schools and for year 7 and 8 students in some primary schools who need to travel off-site to technology centres.
Youth Guarantee – Trades Academies, Service Academies and Vocational Pathways

Operating funding:
  • 2010/11: $0.359 million
  • 2011/12: $8.390 million
  • 2012/13: $11.155 million
  • 2013/14: $13.022 million
  • 2014/15: $13.810 million
Four-year total: $46.377 million (Vote Education)

An additional $33.006 million operating funding over four years from 2011/12 has been appropriated to Vote Tertiary Education
The Youth Guarantee will better enable the education system to meet the needs of students while they are still at school who wish to access learning opportunities aligned to apprenticeships, industry or trades qualifications, as well as the needs of students for whom school is not the best learning environment. The aim is to increase the number of young people who complete NCEA level 2 or an equivalent tertiary qualification. This initiative will provide direct support for these goals and comprises the following components.
  • Trades and service academies
  • Vocational pathways
  • Transport
Initiatives to Support Engagement with Iwi

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $2.500 million
  • 2012/13: $3.200 million
  • 2013/14: $3.900 million
  • 2014/15: $2.400 million
Four-year total: $12.000 million
Māori achieving education success as Māori is a major Government priority and requires that the education system incorporates and supports Māori identity, language and culture as well as effective teaching and leadership. These initiatives will enable us to accelerate progress towards delivering on the goals that underpin Ka Hikitia – Managing for Success.

Funding will support the development and delivery by iwi, of a range of school- and community-based language plans and initiatives. Part of this funding will also support the development of a Te Aho Matua curriculum and supporting resources.

Key result areas will be:
  • Increasing professional learning and capability of teachers
  • Setting and resourcing priorities in Māori language education
  • Increasing whānau, hapū and iwi authority and involvement in education.
Te Kotahitanga

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $3.762 million
  • 2012/13: $4.491 million
  • 2013/14: $4.517 million
  • 2014/15: $4.230 million
Four-year total: $17.000 million
Te Kotahitanga is a research and professional development programme that supports teachers and school leaders in English medium secondary schools with high numbers of Māori students.
Expansion of Reading Together to all Decile 1-3 schools

Operating funding:
  • 2011/12: $1.613 million
  • 2012/13: $1.613 million
  • 2013/14: $1.613 million
  • 2014/15: $1.613 million
Four-year total: $6.452 million
Funding will support the positive results we’ve already seen from Reading Together in participating schools, through expanding the availability of family-based literacy programmes to all decile 1-3 schools.

The Government wants to see a significant lift in student achievement through focused programmes like Reading Together.

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